Collaboration creates community connections

United in mission, from left, Victor Kulakov (Discipleship), Denison Grellmann (ADRA NZ), Sally Lavea (ADRA NZ) and Adrielle Carrasco (Adventist Health Ministries).

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A collaborative network of Seventh-day Adventist Church ministries is empowering Adventist churches and schools in New Zealand to become positive lights in their communities.

The Community Champions Network has been operating for almost a year and comprises Adventist Health Ministries, Discipleship Ministries, the Ministerial Department and ADRA New Zealand.

The network has run a series of educational workshops around New Zealand, promoting community involvement by churches and schools. The workshops challenge attendees to use the resources they have or to build on the good work they are already doing. By the end of this year, there will have been eight workshops attended by around 400 people from at least 50 churches. [pullquote]

NZPUC Adventist Health Ministries director Adrielle Carrasco said the ministries can have greater impact and influence working together rather than in isolation.

“Our focus has been to provide education so that members of our entities may become disciples of Jesus while discipling others or while connecting with others,” she said.

“In effect we are collectively trying to empower our churches and schools to become the positive influence that their communities need.”

Mrs Carrasco said the workshops have generated an overwhelmingly positive response from those who have attended.

“We are enthusiastic to develop the champions network further and can’t wait to see what 2020 will bring,” she said.

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